The endlessly stupid debacle between Microsoft and Sony, regarding the former’s attempt to buy Activision Blizzard King, offers a new lowlight every day. Yesterday we had Microsoft declares that it has rubbish exclusive titles compared to Sonyand today Sony only has high dissed EAs The battlefield franchise in an attempt to prove how much better Duty calls performs.
It’s all part of an ongoing effort to demonstrate that one of the world’s biggest console makers shouldn’t own one of the world’s biggest game publishers, which – you know – sounds like a bad idea. But while Sony and Microsoft endlessly degrade themselves and others to try and win a Who’s Worst argument, it seems nothing is sacred. Hence the PlayStation owner’s astonishing declaration to the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) that EA’s The battlefield would be a poor substitute if it were to lose access to Duty calls franchise.
“Duty calls is not replicable,” says Sony’s filing with the CMA, as reported by The Verge. “Duty calls is too entrenched for any rival, however well equipped, to catch up.” It explains that it has been the best-selling game “almost” every year for the past decade. that “other publishers do not have the resources or expertise to match its success.” Now, it all sounds a bit fake, given that at one point Medal of Honor the series is sold out Duty callsbut it is certainly true that when it comes to a brand, Cod has everything else beat. But to drive that point home, Sony waits for an oncoming bus and then pushes hard:
To give a concrete example, Electronic Arts – one of the biggest third-party developers after Activision – has been trying for many years to produce a rival to Duty calls with its The battlefield series. Despite the similarities between Duty calls and The battlefield– and despite EA’s track record in developing other successful AAA franchises (such as FIFA, Mass effect, Need For Speedand Star Wars: Battlefront)-the The battlefield franchise cannot follow.
Sony adds it The battlefieldits last entry—the comparable miss of 2042—sold “only” 88.7 million copies, compared to Codis 400 million.
Microsoft has repeatedly insisted on it Duty calls wouldn’t become an Xbox exclusive as recently as yesterday explains how Activision’s greatness would remain across platforms, while Elder scrolls will notalthough based on the utter nonsense that Starfield is a precarious new IP and, um, Fallout 76 is “niche”. So you can understand why Sony might not take them at their word.
At the same time do not sell Cod half of your current player base would be incredibly stupid, and while some people can switch from PlayStation to Xbox to continue playing the annual shooter, it’s not going to happen 200 million.
Oh, honestly, I don’t care. The stupid, childish nonsense makes many lawyers incredibly rich, unimaginable millions is spaffed away while the company’s customers are wondering how to keep warm this winter. But I really hope that so much of this ridiculous “woe is us” statement comes back to bite both console makers on the bum.